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42 Seriously Useful Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

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1. Microwave your sponge to kill 99% of germs and bacteria.

Just put sponges or plastic scrubbing pads in the microwave on high for two minutes and let it cool. According to studies, this works way better than putting them in the dishwasher.
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Just put sponges or plastic scrubbing pads in the microwave on high for two minutes and let it cool. According to studies, this works way better than putting them in the dishwasher.

2. Then, rub a faucet with waxed paper to prevent water spots and finger prints.

You can also remove mineral deposits easily with white vinegar. See more here.
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You can also remove mineral deposits easily with white vinegar. See more here.

3. Use a binder clip as a sponge stand.

This will allow it to air-dry instead of getting all mildewy.
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This will allow it to air-dry instead of getting all mildewy.

4. Use a seam ripper to get all the hair out of your vacuum bristles.

See more here.

5. Clean your vacuum filters in the dishwasher.

Just don't do it while there are dishes in there. See more here.
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Just don't do it while there are dishes in there. See more here.

6. When your toaster gets all sticky and gunk, just use cream of tartar.

All you need is a few drops of water, cream of tartar, and a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances looking brand-new again. See the full instructions here.
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All you need is a few drops of water, cream of tartar, and a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances looking brand-new again. See the full instructions here.

7. Use an old toothbrush to clean the inside of your toaster.

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See the full video here. And always make sure the toaster is unplugged when you clean it!

8. Learn how to clean in between the glass on your oven door.

Then you'll be able to actually SEE in your oven again. See how here.
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Then you'll be able to actually SEE in your oven again. See how here.

9. Use salt to clean cast iron without losing the cure.

See how at Martha Stewart.

10. You can also use a toothbrush and lemons to fully clean your sink drain.

Your sink drain is home to some of the grimiest dirt and germs. Get directions baking soda, a toothbrush, and citrus fruits to get your sink smelling and looking fresh here.
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Your sink drain is home to some of the grimiest dirt and germs. Get directions baking soda, a toothbrush, and citrus fruits to get your sink smelling and looking fresh here.

11. Use a bagel to safely clean old paintings.

Get the full directions here.
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Get the full directions here.

12. Clean your nasty oven-hood filter with boiling water and baking soda.

So much grime, so little time. See the instructions here.
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So much grime, so little time. See the instructions here.

13. Clean your clean machine: the washer.

Just use a little bleach and hot water. See how here.
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Just use a little bleach and hot water. See how here.

14. Get the mold out of your front-loading washer.

All you need is some bleach, water and a towel. See how here.
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All you need is some bleach, water and a towel. See how here.

15. Start cleaning out your dryer vents.

You'll prevent fires by cleaning out the dryer vent every six months. Get the full directions here.
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You'll prevent fires by cleaning out the dryer vent every six months. Get the full directions here.

16. Make the steel plate on your iron smooth and shiny again.

All you need is salt. Get the directions here.
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All you need is salt. Get the directions here.

17. Use a cotton swab dipped in vinegar to clean your window tracks.

For more window cleaning tips, check out Ask Anna.
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For more window cleaning tips, check out Ask Anna.

18. Use baking soda to clean your mattress.

Once you sprinkle the ingredients on, you'll also need to vaccuum the bed. Get the full instructions here.
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Once you sprinkle the ingredients on, you'll also need to vaccuum the bed. Get the full instructions here.

19. Keep your baseboards clean with dryer sheets.

Recycle old fabric softener sheets that have already been in the dryer to keep baseboards dust-free.
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Recycle old fabric softener sheets that have already been in the dryer to keep baseboards dust-free.

20. Use an iron to remove REALLY stubborn stains from carpet.

See how here.

21. Use an orphan sock to clean blinds.

Just spray with a little vinegar and water. See instructions here.
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Just spray with a little vinegar and water. See instructions here.

22. Use paintbrush to dust off your lighbulbs.

Then you don't even have to unplug them. See more genius spring cleaning tips from Martha Stewart here.
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Then you don't even have to unplug them. See more genius spring cleaning tips from Martha Stewart here.

23. Keep a dish wand in the shower filled with one-half vinegar, one-half dishwashing detergent.

This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you're in the shower. Much better than just a squeegee. Get one here.
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This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you're in the shower. Much better than just a squeegee. Get one here.

24. Get rid of household odors with vanilla extract in the oven.

Get the recipe here.
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Get the recipe here.

25. While cleaning the bathroom, fill the tub up with a couple of inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap.

Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature "doubles the effectiveness" of alkaline cleansers, Jenny Botero told HGTV. It's a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least five to seven minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent buildup.
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Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature "doubles the effectiveness" of alkaline cleansers, Jenny Botero told HGTV. It's a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least five to seven minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent buildup.

26. Clean dust off candles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.

See more here.

27. Get the grime off the front of your cabinets with baking soda paste.

See how here.

28. Use WD-40 to erase scuff marks on floors.

29. Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid into the detergent cup of your dishwasher.

According to Real Simple, it'll remove lime deposits and iron stains. (So who knows what it will do to your ~body~.)
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According to Real Simple, it'll remove lime deposits and iron stains. (So who knows what it will do to your ~body~.)

30. Hang your brooms and mops upright instead of storing them on the floor.

This keeps them from getting mildewed and bent, and keeps extra dust from collecting around them. Get this one here.
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This keeps them from getting mildewed and bent, and keeps extra dust from collecting around them. Get this one here.

31. Use a rubber band and a plastic baggie to clean your showerhead.

See directions here.
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See directions here.

32. Clean the dust off fan blades with an old pillowcase (and a ladder!).

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See more here.

33. Get the sweat and face gunk off your pillows with bleach and hot water.

Directions here.

34. Use a lint roller to clean your lampshade.

See more at Creek Line House.

35. Make your own DIY Goo Gone to get rid of any sticky residue.

No chemicals and no gunk. Get the instructions here.
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No chemicals and no gunk. Get the instructions here.

36. Use Bar Keeper's Friend and detergent to clean porcelain sinks and tubs.

See how here.

37. To get the nooks and crannies of your toilet super clean, take the lid off and use a screwdriver and Clorox Wipe.

See how at Ask Anna.

38. Use canned air to blow dust and debris out of exhaust fans.

It could actually save lives — exhaust fans are a common cause of household fires.
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It could actually save lives — exhaust fans are a common cause of household fires.

39. Use newspaper to get streak-free windows.

See how here.
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See how here.

40. Keep your toilet brush clean and smelling fresh by pouring a bit of Pine-Sol in the bottom of the holder.

See more here.

41. Use a Magic Eraser to clean your keyboard.

So much finger grime. See more here.
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So much finger grime. See more here.

42. Use a hair catcher to keep your drains from getting clogged.

Available here.